In this Post
–Maximum Number of SIMs on CNIC
–How to Check Sim on CNIC
–How to Check SIM Information With Number
–PTA SIM Information Check Via SMS
–PTA Biometric Verification System
–Get a SIM Biometric Verified
–How to Check SIMs On Your Name
–SIM Registration Check and Biometric Verification
–Block SIMs On Your CNIC
–Jazz/Warid Helpline Number
–Telenor Helpline Number
–Zong Helpline Number
–Ufone Helpline Number
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is a government-run institution that manages and organises telecommunication systems in the country. It was back in the 2000s when mobile phones started to become cheaper and easily available to the general public. The number of cellular subscribers in Pakistan swelled dramatically in the following years. In 2009, an advanced PTA SIM Information System was introduced to maintain a digital record of the growing number of SIM subscribers.
This system allows the general public to check the number of active SIMs along with their network operators against their CNICs. So, if you don’t know the process of checking the number of active SIMs against your identity card, then we’ve got you covered. In this blog, we’ll discuss the PTA SIM Information System and its related services in detail.
First of all, let’s find out more about SIM cards and how many SIMs you can register against your CNIC.
What is a SIM card?
As a part of the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM), a subscriber identity module (SIM) card holds all the subscriber’s information. They come in handy because they can be easily unmounted and installed in other mobile devices in case your phone starts malfunctioning or its battery gets low. They are also very helpful in the process of PTA SIM verification through CNIC.
There are currently four GSM operators catering to millions of cellular subscribers in Pakistan. Jazz/Warid, Telenor, Ufone, and Zong, you may actually have heard all of them. Now, let’s find out the number of SIMs you can actually register against your CNIC.
How Many SIMs You Can Register Against Your CNIC
Yes, you can have multiple SIMs registered in your name against your CNIC. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) allows individuals to have a maximum number of 5 SIM card connections at a time. Now that you know how many SIMs you can register against your CNIC, let’s find out more about checking their status.
How to Check Active SIMs Against Your CNIC
PTA SIM Information System has introduced cutting-edge solutions in this regard. So, if you are wondering how to check active SIMs against your CNIC, then there are basically two ways. One way is about checking SIM information through the website and the other way is through SMS. Let’s find out more about them.
PTA SIM Information Check Through Website
Know the exact number of SIMs registered against your CNIC by visiting the following website. Go through the step-by-step process mentioned below
PTA SIM Information Website: cnic.sims.pk
- Once you visit the PTA SIM Information website, you’ll see the above screen.
- The next step is to enter your CNIC number in the field.
- Within a matter of seconds, you’ll get your desired results in a tabular form
- The table will show you the number of active sims operator wise.
PTA SIM Information Check Via SMS
Know the exact number of SIMs registered against your CNIC by texting your ID card number to 668. Here’s the process based on a few steps:
- Open the text message window of your mobile phone
- Type in your CNIC without hyphens
- Send your text to 668
- You’ll receive a text message with the number of active SIMs against your CNIC along with their operator names.
Note: The charges of sending an SMS on 668 are PKR 2 plus tax. This is how to do PTA SIM verification through CNIC.
These were the two very simple ways of checking the number of active SIMs registered against your CNIC. The records are fetched from the PTA SIM Information System. The effectiveness of this system also relies on the process of the biometric system. This means every cellular subscriber should use a biometric verified SIM for their own safety. So, now we’ll find out more about the PTA Biometric Verification System and how to check the biometric verification status of your SIM.
PTA Biometric Verification System
Shortened as BVS, PTA Biometric Verification System has been introduced to ensure the safety of cellular subscribers and curb the misuse of wireless connections. PTA Biometric Verification System works in collaboration with NADRA. It uses its digital CNIC records to verify cellular subscribers. The system covers the following areas and operations:
- Buy or Activate a new SIM/Wireless Landline Connection
- Obtain a Duplicate SIM/ Wireless Landline Connection
- Change of Ownership of a SIM/Wireless Landline Connection
- Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
- Reverification of SIM/Wireless Landline Connection
How to Get a Biometric Verified SIM In Pakistan
To avoid blocking of your SIM connection and ensure your safety, make sure you are using a SIM connection recognised by the PTA Biometric Verification System. If you’re wondering how to get a biometric verified SIM in Pakistan, then here’s what you should do. First of all, check whether your SIM connection is in your name or not. Here’s how to do it.
How to Check SIM Owner Name
Follow these steps to find out the name of the owner of a mobile connection
- Open the text message window of your mobile phone
- Send a blank SMS to 667
- You’ll receive a text message with the name of the owner of a mobile connection and other related details.
This is how to check SIM owner names in Pakistan through the PTA Information System.
Note: The 667 SMS service is free of cost.
The Process of SIM Biometric Verification in Pakistan
Here’s what you need to know regarding the process of SIM biometric verification in Pakistan.
- If you are purchasing a new SIM or replacing your old connection with a new one, visit the outlet with the BVS facility.
- Confirm whether your SIM is biometric verified or not with your mobile operator.
- For biometric verification of your SIM connection, you need to punch in your thumb/fingerprint impression.
- This is how your mobile connection enters the digital record system of NADRA. Biometric technology in PTA SIM registration system helps track numbers easily.
- PTA Biometric Verification System helps the authorities curb unlawful activities with the help of a swift digital tracking system.
If there is any SIM card connection that you haven’t used in years, block it for your own safety. You can always deactivate a SIM card connection against your CNIC. Let’s find out more about the process to follow in this regard.
How to Block SIMs Registered Against Your CNIC
Here’s how to block SIMs registered against your CNIC. We’ll discuss the process step by step
- The process is more or less the same for all GSM operators.
- To deactivate a SIM card connection registered against your CNIC, you have to visit the franchise or customer service outlet of your concerned cellular company
- There you’ll need to present your original CNIC and fill up a form.
- While submitting the form, you may also have to attach three copies of your CNIC.
- Make sure that you take some time out for the whole process and it can take a few hours. You may have to wait for your turn for an hour or so. There may be other people as well, waiting to get served.
This is how to block SIMs registered against your CNIC
For more information regarding PTA SIM registration and blocking, you can get in touch with your concerned mobile operator by calling its helpline number.
Jazz/Warid Helpline Number
Helpline Mobile: 111 / 321
Helpline Landline: 111300300 / 111111321
Telenor Helpline Number
Helpline Mobile: 345
Helpline Landline: 111345100
Zong Helpline Number
Helpline Mobile: 310
Helpline Landline: 111222111
Ufone Helpline Number
Helpline Mobile: 333
Helpline Landline: 111333100
Note: Don’t forget to dial your respective city code before dialing any of the landline helpline numbers. For example, if you live in Karachi, you need to dial 021, for Lahore, it’s 042. For Islamabad, it’s 051. Well, every city in Pakistan has its own unique dial code.
Here we wrap up our guide on the PTA SIM Information System and its related services. If you have any questions related to the processes we have discussed in this blog, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com. We’ll try getting back to your emails as soon as possible.
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